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HIGHCLERE CASTLE, Highclere Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9RN Castle, grounds, Egyptian exhibition and film shoot location for the television programme Downton Abbey. Open daily during Easter holidays (not Good Friday), both May Bank Holidays (SundayTuesday) and early July-mid September Sunday-Thursday (some exceptions). Admission charge Tel: 01635 253210 or view: www.highclerecastle.co.uk HOME OF REST FOR HORSES, Westcroft Stables, Speen Farm, Slad Lane, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 OPP. 100+ retired and rescued horses, ponies and donkeys and museum. Open February-November, Thursday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 2-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01494 488464 or view: www.horsetrust.org.uk JAKE’S @ TRI-LAKES, Yateley Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8JQ Fishing on two lakes open daily, 7.30am weekends and 8am weekdays Mini farm and outdoor play activities open daily, 9.30am-6pm and indoor Playbarn soft play centre open daily, 9.30am-6.30pm (4pm winter). Admission charge Tel: 01252 871007 or view: www.jakesplayworld.com LONDON Local bookshops have lots of maps and guides on London. For information about visiting London View: www.visitlondon.com For travelling to London – see Transport – Museums, Travel Information and Trips section MILESTONES, Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 6PG Living history museum with Victorian and 1930s street scenes, shops, classic collections and working machinery. Open Tuesday-Friday and Bank Holiday Monday, 10am-4.45pm and weekends, 11am4.45pm. Admission charge Tel: 01256 639550 or view: www.milestones-museum.com MILTON’S COTTAGE AND GARDEN, Deanway, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4JH. Home of John Milton, English poet and parliamentarian. Open April-October, WednesdaySaturday, 2-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 01494 872313 or view: www.miltonscottage.org.uk NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AT TRING, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP Taxidermy collection of animals and birds. Open daily, 10am (2pm Sunday)-5pm. No admission charge but charges for special events Tel: 020 7942 6171 or view: www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring ODDS FARM PARK, Wooburn Common Road, Wooburn Common, Buckinghamshire, HP10 0LX. Farm animals, shows and demonstrations, indoor and outdoor play areas and hands on activities. Open daily, 10am-5.30pm. Events programme and school holiday activity days. Admission charge Tel: 01628 520188 or view: www.oddsfarm.co.uk OXFORD CASTLE – UNLOCKED, 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY Castle and prison story tour. Open daily, 10am (last tour starts at 4.20pm). Admission charge Tel: 01865 260666 or view: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk PENDON MUSEUM, Long Wittenham, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QD Detailed glimpses in miniature of the English countryside and model trains set in the 1930s. Railway runs once a month. Open weekends, Bank Holidays, some Wednesdays in school holidays and Thursdays in summer, 11am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01865 407365 or view: www.pendonmuseum.com SYON PARK, Brentford, Middlesex, TW7 6AZ London home of Duke of Northumberland open late March-October; Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Easter, 11am-5pm. Gardens open daily, 10.30am-5pm. Admission charge Tel: 020 8560 0882 or view: www.syonpark.co.uk THE BUCKS GOAT CENTRE AND ANIMAL FARM, Layby Farm, near Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5XJ. Children’s animal farm includes goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits and interaction with the animals. Open Tuesday-Sunday (daily in school holidays), 10am-4pm. Admission charge Tel: 01296 612983 or view: www.thebucksgoatcentre.co.uk 23

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